Having sailed the Enchantment back in 2007, we were pleasantly surprised by the overall condition and appearance of the ship. Clearly the upgrades and remodel of public spaces gave the ship a clean and modern feel. There were clear signs of the ship's age in metal bracing and the exterior hull, but the public spaces were in excellent condition. The ship has a cozy, friendly feel. She is easy to navigate, and laid out well.
The drive to Port Canaveral is a big plus for us, as we can make the trip from Virginia in a day. We sailed on Monarch a few years ago, and as a "replacement" for the short Bahama cruise out of P.C., Enchantment is definitely an upgrade. Embarkation was painless, and walking off the ship carrying our own luggage was a nice plus.
Stateroom was in good condition and everything was in good working order. We did experience the sewer smell occasionally, but I had packed an inexpensive air freshener which we kept in the bathroom for the duration of the voyage. We also caught that smell in the hallways on more than one occasion.
TV by the pool was a great plus. I thoroughly enjoyed watching Football by the pool on Monday & Thursday nights.
Solarium was a bit crowded by day, as expected, but a very pleasant area. Pool was salt water.
Food was fairly good to excellent. Nothing was repulsive. Eggs in Windjammer were the same as always, but I had omelets most mornings and they were much better. MDR food was good to very good. ESCARGOTS REPORT - available on formal night! I also had the scallops on another evening, and they were good as well, but very small. Flourless chocolate cake was every bit as good as I remembered. The highlight of our dining experience was Chops: Great service. Excellent steaks.
Fun activities around the ship, but nothing fresh or original.
Cruise director and staff were friendly and personable.
The RC singers and dancers performed 2 shows, both of which we had seen better versions of before on other ships, so that was a little bit of a let down.
One real highlight was getting to watch a rocket launch from Cape Canaveral on the day of sailing.
We felt a lot of motion on the night of our return trip, but our stateroom was fairly close to the front of the ship.
Overall, the ship is in good condition, and the atmosphere is relaxed. I would rate this as a very good cruise, which lacked some of the variety of newer, larger ships, but is still a good deal for the money.